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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

EIA

EIA is an important procedure for ensuring that the likely effects of new development on the environment are fully understood and taken into account before the development is allowed to proceed. We offer a comprehensive environmental impact assessment service, ensuring all ecological concerns are taken into account, working in consultation with project partners to ensure customer satisfaction and project success.

 

Initial project design

 

  • Collation of existing ecological information, any alternatives that have been studied and existing ecological information;
  • A review of ecological implications of alternatives; and
  • Advice on ecological enhancement opportunities and design modification to avoid or reduce negative ecological impacts.

 

Screening

 

  • Liaison with the competent authority concerning the need for EIA under the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations.

 

Scoping

 

  • Identification and consultation with other members of the EcIA team, regulatory bodies and non-statutory consultees;
  • Identification of suitable spatial and temporal scopes for the assessment;
  • Identification of all proposed activities that may generate significant impacts on potentially important ecological features and resources;
  • Preliminary assessment of potential ecological impact on identified features or resources, incorporating existing data/information;
  • Recommendations for amendments to the spatial and temporal scale of the assessment, further surveys as required and the identification of licensing requirements for these surveys and/or the development regarding legally protected species; and
  • Production of a scoping report/summary which can be circulated for comment among consultation partners and modified accordingly; and confirms potential opportunities for ecological enhancement or avoidance of impacts.

 

Impact assessment

 

  • Determination of the value of ecological features and resources affected, through survey and/or research
  • Assessment of impacts affecting important features and resources
  • Quantification of the extent, magnitude, duration, timing and frequency of the impacts, assessment of impact reversibility, assessment of the likely significant impacts in the absence of any mitigation
  • Identification of mitigation and compensation measures to avoid or reduce negative impacts;
  • Identification of opportunities for enhancement
  • Production of detailed mitigation designs to be implemented (i.e. Environmental Action Plan (EAPb))

 

Mitigation

 

  • Identification of mitigation and compensation measures to avoid or reduce negative impacts
  • Identification and confirmation of opportunities for enhancement
  • Production of detailed mitigation designs to be implemented

 

Monitoring

 

  • Implementation of conditions/planning agreements
  • Design of a monitoring strategy which satisfies all consultees
  • Audits of predicted impacts against actual situation
  • Actions to rectify unexpected impacts, ineffective mitigation and compensation measures

 

Reporting

 

The final EcIA report or, for an environmental impact assessment, the Environmental Statement will include all the ecological information necessary for a planning decision to be made.